Overview


The novels of the South African writer J. M. Coetzee won him global recognition and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2003. His work offers substantial pedagogical richness and challenges. Coetzee treats such themes as race, aging, gender, animal rights, power, violence, colonial history and accountability, the silent or silenced other, sympathy, and forgiveness in an allusive and detached prose that avoids obvious answers or easy ethical reassurance.


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Approaches to Teaching Coetzee's Disgrace and Other Works

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Overview


The novels of the South African writer J. M. Coetzee won him global recognition and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2003. His work offers substantial pedagogical richness and challenges. Coetzee treats such themes as race, aging, gender, animal rights, power, violence, colonial history and accountability, the silent or silenced other, sympathy, and forgiveness in an allusive and detached prose that avoids obvious answers or easy ethical reassurance.


Part 1 of this volume, "Materials," identifies secondary materials, including multimedia and Internet resources, that will help instructors guide their students through the contextual and formal complexities of Coetzee's fiction. In part 2, "Approaches," essays discuss how to teach works that are sometimes suspicious of teachers and teaching. The essays aim to help instructors negotiate Coetzee's ironies and allegories in his treatment of human relationships in a changing South Africa and of the shifting connections between human beings and the biosphere.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The sheer range of critical and pedagogical approaches canvased is little short of astonishing, and the ingenuity and effort that these teachers of Coetzee put into preparing their courses should be a source of real inspiration to their readers."

--Gareth Cornwell,
Rhodes University, South Africa

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603291774
  • Publisher: Modern Language Association of America
  • Publication date: 4/4/2014
  • Series: Approaches to Teaching World Literature , #130
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 445 KB

Table of Contents


PART ONE: MATERIALS

Contexts and Criticism

Disgrace

Other Works

Form

Intertextuality

Further Resources

Historical Background to South Africa

Biographical Resources

Supplemental Student Reading

Multimedia, Internet, and Other Resources

PART TWO: APPROACHES

Introduction: Teaching with /out Authority

Laura Wright

ON DIFFICULTY

Prologue: Why Not to Teach Coetzee

Rita Barnard

What Does It Mean to Teach The Lives of Animals or Disgrace?

Michael Bell

INTELLECTUAL CONTEXTS

Horizons Not Only of Expectation: Lessons from In the Heart of the Country

Martina Ghosh-Schellhorn

Teaching Coetzee's Subject: Waiting for the Barbarians and Disgrace

Stephen Clingman

Coetzee's Other Other: An Existential Approach to Teaching Disgrace

Erik Grayson

Reading Coetzee's Worldliness

Johan Geertsema

Teaching the Critique of Romanticism and Empire in Disgrace

Pieter Vermeulen

HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL CONTEXTS

Teaching Coetzee, Then and Now

David Attwell

"[From] Whom This Writing Then?" Politics, Aesthetics, and the Personal in Coetzee's Age of Iron

Andrew van der Vlies

Refusing Adamastor: Lucy Lurie and "White Writing" in Disgrace

Louise Bethlehem

Countering Context: Teaching Disgrace in the New South Africa

Gerald Gaylard

Teaching Coetzee and Australia

Elleke Boehmer

Teaching Coetzee's American Contexts; or, How I Teach America--and Africa--in Cullowhee, North Carolina

Laura Wright

ETHICS AND REPRESENTATION

Teaching Disgrace at the University of Cape Town

Carrol Clarkson

Pedagogies of Discomfort: Teaching Coetzee's The Lives of Animals

Wendy Woodward

Open to Interpretation: Politics and Allegory in Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians

Robert Spencer

Who's Appropriating Whose Voice in Coetzee's Life & Times of Michael K?

Patricia Merivale

Biopolitical Coetzee; or, "The Will to Be Against"

Keith Leslie Johnson

CLASSROOM CONTEXTS

Reconciling Whiteness: Disgrace as Postcolonial Text at a Historically Black University

Kay Heath

Teaching Coetzee's The Lives of Animals in the First-Year Composition Classroom

Shannon Payne

Teaching Coetzee's Foe in an Undergraduate Theory Classroom

Emily S. Davis

Coetzee and Close Reading

Patrick Hayes

Notes On Contributors

Survey Respondents

Works Cited

Index
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